A commercial plumber works a little differently than a residential plumber doing slightly different plumbing jobs. This is just not to say that a commercial plumber can not work on a residential job or even make small repairs in a house. After all, plumbing is after all, a profession that is not limited to the residence of the professional who performs it. Yet plumbing is still specialised plumbing, and some residential areas may not have the same requirements as another city or town. In these cases, the expertise of a commercial plumber is needed.
Commercial plumbing fixtures come with their own unique set of challenges. From drinking fountains and kitchen sinks to outdoor washing systems and garbage disposals, commercial plumbers are often called upon to design and manufacture products that will meet municipal plumbing codes. These fixtures must be designed to comply with the regulations set out by the Drinking Water Act which regulates the maximum amount of contaminants that can be found in public drinking water supplies.
Commercial plumbing in the workplace is different than residential plumbing. This is because more stringent requirements are placed on office buildings and businesses than they do on houses. The main area that requires special attention is the office building’s plumbing system. Every drainage system in an office building is designed and installed by commercial plumbers. The pipes in the toilet system must be carefully fitted so as not to waste water, and air vents in office buildings must be carefully controlled in order to keep dust from circulating.
Sewer lines, which are used to discharge waste materials into a sewer system, are another area that requires special attention. It is not uncommon for a commercial plumber to install both a traditional pipe and a sewer line to connect the parking lot to the sewer lines. This connection is necessary to avoid back-ups that may occur if only one pipe was used. In some cases a sewer line will be required in order to service the hot water supply in a single family home. For example, the kitchen sink may require sewer line repair in addition to a new plumbing job, and the homeowner may decide to install both the pipe and the drain in the same location.
In offices, a commercial plumber may install and repair both single-family homes and office buildings. Common plumbing system problems that he or she may come across include problems with garbage disposals, faucets and toilets, septic tanks and drainage systems. A commercial plumber will also know how to handle drainage problems in storm drains and water pipes in townhouses.
There are many residential plumbing companies that provide services in each of the above areas. When hiring a commercial plumber, make sure to ask the contractor to describe the services he provides in detail. Many residential plumbers will offer basic repairs at a reasonable price; however, the services they provide go much further than that. In particular, residential plumbers should have knowledge about all the plumbing components as well as tools for inspecting and maintaining drainage systems.